Nevada Wolf Pack
(6-0, 3-3 ATS)
(4-2, 5-1 ATS)
One of the best teams against the college football spreads this year will battle it out with the No. 21 ranked team in the country, as the Hawaii Warriors look to take down the Nevada Wolf Pack.
For the Wolf Pack, there have definitely been a few chinks in the armor. The offense “only” put 35 points on the board last week against the lowly San Jose State Spartans, and the defense has had some suspect moments, allowing 26 to the UNLV Rebels, 31 to the California Golden Bears, and 24 to the Eastern Washington Eagles. Offensively, we know that this team is absolutely nuts. QB Colin Kaepernick is going to end up with well over 1,000 rushing yards and probably right around 3,000 passing yards on the year. He already has accounted for 19 TDs in just six games and will surely be on his way to destroying all sorts of school records. RB Vai Taua might cross the 1,000 yard rushing barrier this week, as he is just 163 shy. Taua also has 11 rushing touchdowns, making him one of the top scorers in the land. This offense ranks No. 2 in the country offensively at 545.3 yards per game, and the end result has been a scoring average of 43.0 points per game.
Hawaii has been led by QB Bryant Moniz all season long, as he is the only hope for leading this team to wins. The Warriors are averaging 421.7 passing yards per game, the top passing average in the nation. Ultimately, Hawaii is putting 496.7 yards per game to go with a whopping scoring average of 39.3 points per game. The ‘O’ has only been held under 31 points once this year and has scored at least 41 in its L/3. The combination of WR Greg Salas and WR Kealoha Pilares has been unstoppable all season long. The two already nearly have a combined 1,500 receiving yards this year. Salas is the team leader in receptions (50) and yards (757), and he has seven scores. Pilares has more TDs (9) and almost as many receptions (45) and yards (726). Look out for the third receiver, Royce Pollard as well. He has 31 catches and 445 yards, numbers which many teams would love to have from their top target, let alone their third. Just like Nevada, this team has some defensive issues. The Warriors have allowed 27.2 points per game this year and 370.5 yards per game, but things have gotten better since that 49-36 outburst against the USC Trojans on the first night of the season.
This is a very dangerous spot for Nevada, as Hawaii really wants to be the No. 2 team in the WAC. Going to the “Big Island” is always a brutal trip for every team in the land, as was demonstrated when the Warriors fought back against the Trojans to start the season. We’re going to take the points in this one in hopes for an upset of a tremendous squad.
College Football Free Pick: Hawaii Warriors +6.5